Love Life

08/02/2013

BE in-love-with-life 550have a love affair with your life

20 responses to Love Life

  1. 

    Beautiful
    Living life for others is the real pleasure of living your life 🙂
    Xoxo
    love

  2. 

    I would LOVE to have a mad, passionate love affair with my life. What an amazing feeling that must be. And something I would never have considered. Thanks for this share Gina…I’m kickin’ it up a notch. Instead of reaching for the silver linings in my life…I’m going for the gold! 🙂

  3. 

    Wow! I think I steal every single quote on every single post of yours, Gina! THANK YOU!

  4. 

    Love them! Thanks Gina

  5. 

    ya… you make it easy…:-)..
    namaste
    sriram

  6. 

    It is true what Jack Kerouac says and I have been telling everyone to visit his favorite hangout in San Francisco, Vesuvio’s Cafe. The bar is like stepping into a time warp back into the 60’s, very bohemian and artsy. You can imagine the hippies of the day listening to him while he recites his poetry. They even named the street after him, Kerouac St.!

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      Hello and thank you for this delightful comment! That is so cool about Jack Kerouac having a street named after him in San Francisco, and that bar sounds like my kind of place! 😉 Thank you again for visiting and sharing this comment, and I apologize for my delay in responding (I’m embarrassed that it got missed as I went through a few in one day). Now I want to visit San Francisco more than ever.

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    Gina – I wanted to post this comment on the story of your blind dog, but the site wouldn’t allow it – so I’m posting here … 🙂
    Many years ago, I’d adopted an 11 year-old cat named Tigger. He, too, had come close to starving. At 15-1/2, he went totally blind in one eye overnight. We ran every test imaginable with no answers. Six months later, he went blind overnight in the other eye, and again extensive tests revealed nothing. He hid in a closet, so I moved everything out and his food, water and litter in. I sat with him at the door as often as I could. After 3 days, he came out and began to “map” the large apt. with his shoulder against the walls, and in a few days, he walked about with complete confidence as he had before losing his sight. Reading your post, Gina, I wonder if there is/was a counterpart in cats to what your dog experienced, but it wasn’t understood back then?
    As always, animals can put us to shame in their acceptance of life or at the very least, show us the way. They don’t complain, but merely contemplate their circumstances and decide to get on with life. They are still loved and with love as their guide they simply begin anew. Thank you for sharing the story of your dog; she is no doubt a great help to you in this new chapter of your life together.
    Here’s to our wonderful teachers and guides! Jeanne

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      Jeanne, dear heart, thank you so much for this touching comment. And timely too. I think it has been harder for me than for my dog, as walks are no longer ‘fun’ for me but rather I must step into my role as ‘Seeing Dog Human’. My heart breaks for her as she still bumps into the edge of doorways before I can help redirect her, and stumbles or outright falls down the three steps at our front and back doors. But she ‘soldiers on’ and is just as happy to go for a walk, standing for her harness, or to chase the ball in the small back yard area where I hit the ball on the grass hard to make it bounce and she hears it, sniffs it, and brings it back to me, tail wagging. She is a constant shadow and while more clingy than before, your delightful message reminds of how sweet it is to be loved by our wise and wonderful pets.
      Bless your heart. Gina xo

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        Hi Gina,

        Two things – choose a simple, one-word command that you will gently give her before she might bump into something. Preface it with her name. (I’ll use one of my past dogs.) “Shady, careful.” She will soon associate that you are giving her a warning about something imminent. You might try coupling it with a teeny tug on her leash, but I might wait to see if the command alone could do it, that way you can also use “Shady, careful,” indoors when her leash isn’t on. When she slows, stops, and proceeds cautiously, give her a quiet, “Good girl.”
        And then, here are some resources for you – I’m sure they are available on amazon – http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/living-with-a-blind-dog.html and http://www.petcarebooks.com/books/living_blind.htm

        And while you’re ordering, a favorite in my permanent collection that I think you would enjoy – Animals as Guides for the Soul by Susan Chernak McElroy.

        Enjoy,
        Jeanne

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          Hi Jeanne,
          Thank you so kindly for this very helpful and generous comment. I am excited to look into these books and I appreciate you referring them to me. Including that third one!
          Interestingly I began doing as you’ve suggested here as soon as she went blind. Warning her with “Nikki, careful” and rewarding her with lots of “Good girl!”. She has a tendency to charge ahead when we go for a walk and her harness has been a godsend as I now can hold her close to my side. She has quickly learned that when I say “Nikki, UP” or “Nikki, DOWN” that we are at the edge of the sidewalk and we slow together and she reaches out with her paw. It’s amazing how smart animals are, much more so than many give them credit for.
          Thank you again for this kind comment, and I look forward to learning about these books and getting one or all of them!
          Hugs of gratitude,
          Gina

  8. 

    Lovely post .Being in love with oneself is the essence of happiness and appreciating every thing .jalal